Meet The Cyre Family
The White Goose Bistro is truly a family affair, says chef Ryan Cyre. Both of his parents and his sister run the restaurant together, doing everything from greeting and serving guests to managing the business end of the venture. Since opening in 2006, the White Goose Bistro has gotten so busy that the Cyres are looking for a larger building. However, leaving the downtown area isn’t an option for the Cyres. They enjoy the downtown vibe too much to consider relocating. “Things are really happening down here,” notes Ryan, and he is enthusiastic about the potential for future growth in downtown Prince George.
Ryan has been a professional chef for years and helped to open several other local restaurants before taking on White Goose Bistro with his family. The success of the restaurant has been surprising for the Cyre family. “We had goals and dreams for the restaurant,” he says, “and it has surpassed all of our dreams.” It may be due, at least in part, to the fabulous, original menu that Ryan helped to create. In fact, he comes up with a new menu each year. He loves playing around in the kitchen, mixing flavours and exotic and unlikely ingredients and coming up with something stunning. In fact, he’s won numerous awards, including the Iron Chef Prince George Challenge and the Farmers Market Chef Challenge. According to Ryan, though, it is the restaurant’s customers that are really responsible for its success. “Our customers are amazing!” says Ryan. “We love our clientele.”
The Cyre family has lived in Prince George for decades. Ryan was just a year old when they moved here, and he’s never left. The Cyres are close-knit, and even after working together all year long they still enjoy vacationing together as an extended family. They close the restaurant for a week every January and go for a family getaway, usually someplace warm. It’s something they enthusiastically look forward to because it’s about the only down time they get all year long.
Sophisticated. Modern. Flavourful.
The White Goose Bistro has been recognized both locally and internationally for its fresh and original cuisine. Guests will be treated to sophisticated taste in a casual-dining atmosphere where regulars are remembered and may even have their favourite drink waiting for them when they sit down. Whether you stop in for lunch, dinner or an appetizer and drinks, you’ll be catered to with personalized service and attention to every detail of your order. Chef Ryan Cyre puts heart into every dish, and that includes off-menu items. Guests are welcome to make special requests, whether it’s a dietary need or a desire to simply try something unique and customized. First-time guests often come for the atmosphere, but they return for the friendly, efficient, conscientious service, gratifying experience and exceptional dishes and drinks.
The White Goose Bistro has received numerous awards and accolades, including Best PG Restaurant by restaurant blogger Chris Dias (Prince Gastronome) and was named one of Canada’s Top 25 restaurants by enRoute Magazine. Chef Ryan Cyre was the winner of the Iron Chef Prince George Challenge, the Farmer’s Market Chef Challenge and the Golden Cork Award. The White Goose Bistro is a member of the Prince George Chamber of Commerce.
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